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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779237/enzyme-free-replication-with-two-or-four-bases
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Clemens Richert, Elena Hänle
All known forms of life encode their genetic information in a sequence of bases of a genetic polymer and produce copies of their genes via semiconservative replication. How this process started before polymerase enzymes had been evolved is unclear. Enzyme-free copying of short stretches of DNA or RNA sequence has been demonstrated, using activated nucleotides, but not replication. We have developed a methodology for replication. It involves extension with reversible termination, enzyme-free ligation, and strand capture and allowed us to monitor nucleotide incorporation for an entire helical turn of DNA, both during a first and a second round of copying...
May 20, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779092/neurodynamic-evaluation-and-nerve-conduction-studies-in-patients-with-forward-head-posture
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Tugba Ozudogru Celik, Burcu Duyur Cakit, Baris Nacir, Hakan Genc, Mehmet Onat Cakit, Aynur Karagoz
Forward head posture (FHP) is one of the most frequently seen problems. The aim of this study was to evaluate the neurodynamic tests and peripheral nerve conductions of upper extremity in patients with FHP. The study population included 100 patients with upper extremity and neck problems and 34 healthy individuals as a control group. Craniovertebral angle measurement was used to determine forward head posture. Stretch tests for radial, ulnar and median nerves were performed. Nerve conductions of bilateral median, radial, ulnar and medial antebrachial cutaneous (MAC) nerves were examined in all patients included in the study...
May 19, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778340/prospective-randomized-controlled-trial-of-polymer-cable-ties-versus-standard-wire-closure-of-midline-sternotomy
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Silvana F Marasco, Louise Fuller, Adam Zimmet, David McGiffin, Michael Seitz, Stephanie Ch'ng, Shivanand Gangahanumaiah, Michael Bailey
OBJECTIVE: Midline sternotomy remains the most common access incision for cardiac operations. Traditionally, the sternum is closed with stainless steel wires. Wires are well known to stretch and break, however, leading to pain, nonunion, and potential deep sternal wound infection. We hypothesized that biocompatible plastic cable ties would achieve a more rigid sternal fixation, reducing postoperative pain and analgesia requirements. METHODS: A prospective, randomized study compared the ZIPFIX (De Puy Synthes, West Chester, Pa) sternal closure system (n = 58) with standard stainless steel wires (n = 60)...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777149/stretching-reduces-tumor-growth-in-a-mouse-breast-cancer-model
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L Berrueta, J Bergholz, D Munoz, I Muskaj, G J Badger, A Shukla, H J Kim, J J Zhao, H M Langevin
There is growing interest in developing non-pharmacological treatments that could boost natural defenses against cancer and contribute to primary and secondary cancer prevention. Recent studies have shown that gentle daily stretching for 10 minutes can reduce local connective tissue inflammation and fibrosis. Because mechanical factors within the stroma can influence the tumor microenvironment, we hypothesized that stretching would reduce the growth of tumors implanted within locally stretched tissues and tested this hypothesis in a mouse orthotopic breast cancer model...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776820/mechanical-interaction-between-neighboring-muscles-in-human-upper-limb-evidence-for-epimuscular-myofascial-force-transmission-in-humans
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Yasuhide Yoshitake, Daiki Uchida, Kosuke Hirata, Dean L Mayfield, Hiroaki Kanehisa
To confirm the existence of epimuscular myofascial force transmission in humans, this study examined if manipulating joint angle to stretch the muscle can alter the shear modulus of a resting adjacent muscle, and whether there are regional differences in this response. The biceps brachii (BB: manipulated muscle) and the brachialis (BRA: resting adjacent muscle) were deemed suitable for this study because they are neighboring, yet have independent tendons that insert onto different bones. In order to manipulate the muscle length of BB only, the forearm was passively set at supination, neutral, and pronation positions...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776524/analysis-of-hourly-crash-likelihood-using-unbalanced-panel-data-mixed-logit-model-and-real-time-driving-environmental-big-data
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Feng Chen, Suren Chen, Xiaoxiang Ma
INTRODUCTION: Driving environment, including road surface conditions and traffic states, often changes over time and influences crash probability considerably. It becomes stretched for traditional crash frequency models developed in large temporal scales to capture the time-varying characteristics of these factors, which may cause substantial loss of critical driving environmental information on crash prediction. METHOD: Crash prediction models with refined temporal data (hourly records) are developed to characterize the time-varying nature of these contributing factors...
June 2018: Journal of Safety Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776168/electrohydrodynamic-coalescence-of-droplets-using-an-embedded-potential-flow-model
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M Garzon, L J Gray, J A Sethian
The coalescence, and subsequent satellite formation, of two inviscid droplets is studied numerically. The initial drops are taken to be of equal and different sizes, and simulations have been carried out with and without the presence of an electrical field. The main computational challenge is the tracking of a free surface that changes topology. Coupling level set and boundary integral methods with an embedded potential flow model, we seamlessly compute through these singular events. As a consequence, the various coalescence modes that appear depending upon the relative ratio of the parent droplets can be studied...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776156/realizations-of-highly-heterogeneous-collagen-networks-via-stochastic-reconstruction-for-micromechanical-analysis-of-tumor-cell-invasion
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Hanqing Nan, Long Liang, Guo Chen, Liyu Liu, Ruchuan Liu, Yang Jiao
Three-dimensional (3D) collective cell migration in a collagen-based extracellular matrix (ECM) is among one of the most significant topics in developmental biology, cancer progression, tissue regeneration, and immune response. Recent studies have suggested that collagen-fiber mediated force transmission in cellularized ECM plays an important role in stress homeostasis and regulation of collective cellular behaviors. Motivated by the recent in vitro observation that oriented collagen can significantly enhance the penetration of migrating breast cancer cells into dense Matrigel which mimics the intravasation process in vivo [Han et al...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776028/modeling-thermal-inkjet-and-cell-printing-process-using-modified-pseudopotential-and-thermal-lattice-boltzmann-methods
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Salman Sohrabi, Yaling Liu
Pseudopotential lattice Boltzmann methods (LBMs) can simulate a phase transition in high-density ratio multiphase flow systems. If coupled with thermal LBMs through equation of state, they can be used to study instantaneous phase transition phenomena with a high-temperature gradient where only one set of formulations in an LBM system can handle liquid, vapor, phase transition, and heat transport. However, at lower temperatures an unrealistic spurious current at the interface introduces instability and limits its application in real flow system...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776003/the-vcd-pattern-of-the-%C3%AE-c-o-bands-in-isoindolinones
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Joanna Ewa Rode, Krzysztof Lyczko, Magdalena Jawiczuk, Robert Kawęcki, Wojciech Stańczyk, Agnieszka Jaglińska, Jan Cz Dobrowolski
The IR and VCD spectra of both enantiomers of Me, iPr, nBu, Ph and CH2Ph substituted isoindolinones in solution and KBr pellets were measured and interpreted with DFT calculations. The spectra in solution revealed no important differences in the C=O stretching vibration region while the interpretation of very distinct spectra taken in pellets required determining the crystal structures. The studied compounds crystallized in the P212121 (Me, iPr, CH2Ph), P31 (nBu), and P21 (Ph) space groups. We found that the quality of simulated spectra strongly depends on the substituent, the structure of the molecular cluster assumed, basis set, and use of the dispersion correction...
May 18, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775998/high-pressure-raman-study-of-type-i-collagen
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Amalia Maria Paschou, Maria Katsikini, Dimitrios Christofilos, John Arvanitidis, Sotirios Ves
The high pressure response of type-I collagen from bovine Achilles tendon is investigated with micro-Raman spectroscopy. Fluorinert™ and methanol-ethanol mixtures were used as pressure transmitting media (PTM) in a diamond anvil cell. The Raman spectrum of collagen is dominated by three bands centred at approximately 1450, 1660 and 2930 cm-1 , attributed to C-H deformation, C=O stretching of the peptide bond (amide-I band) and C-H stretching modes, respectively. Upon pressure increase, using Fluorinert™ as PTM, a shift towards higher frequencies of the C-H stretching and deformation peaks is observed...
May 18, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775979/-the-open-retromuscular-preperitoneal-mesh-repair-of-the-incisional-lateral-hernia-technique-and-results-of-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Friedrich-Eckart Isemer, Ulrich Dietz, Maximilian Ackermann
INTRODUCTION: Surgical approaches to flank hernias have been poorly standardised. The most demanding issues in intermuscular net insertion are the limited area in the dorsal direction and the difficulties in fixing the net to the costal arch or the iliac crest. This is why many different surgical procedures have been published. PATIENTS/MATERIAL AND METHODS: From August 2015 to October 2016, nine patients with a primary incisional lateral hernia received open retromuscular preperitoneal mesh repair...
May 18, 2018: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775933/observing-hno-3-release-dependent-upon-metal-complexes-in-malonic-acid-nitrate-droplets
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Xu Shao, Feng-Min Wu, Hui Yang, Shu-Feng Pang, Yun-Hong Zhang
Although the dicarboxylic acid has been reported to react with nitrate for aged internally mixed aerosols in atmosphere, the quantitative nitrate depletion dependent upon composition in particles is still not well constrained. The chemical composition evolutions for malonic acid/sodium nitrate (MA/SN), malonic acid/magnesium nitrate (MA/MN) and malonic acid/calcium nitrate (MA/CN) particles with the organic to inorganic molar ratio (OIR) of 1:1 are investigated by vacuum Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
May 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775932/bond-length-equalization-with-molecular-aromaticity-a-new-measurement-of-aromaticity
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Chen-Fei Shen, Zi-Zhong Liu, Hong-Xia Liu, Hui-Qing Zhang
A new method to measure the amount of aromaticity is presented through the process of Bond Length Equalization (BLE). Degree of Aromaticity (DOA), a two-dimensional intensive quantity including geometric and energetic factors, as a new measurement of aromaticity is proposed. The unique characteristic of DOA and the formation of DOA will be displayed. The calculation of the geometrical optimization, DOA, Nucleus Independent Chemical Shifts (NICS) and Ring Stretching Vibration Raman Spectroscopy Frequency (RSVRSF) for the aromatic ring molecules - Gn Hn m (G = C, Si, Ge, n = 3, 5-8, m = +1, -1, 0, +1, +2) were calculated using the method of Density Functional Theory (DFT)...
May 8, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775859/facilitating-complex-dna-mixture-interpretation-by-sequencing-highly-polymorphic-haplotypes
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Lev Voskoboinik, Uzi Motro, Ariel Darvasi
Interpretation of complex DNA mixtures is an ongoing challenge in the field of forensic genetics. Commonly used STR markers are quite polymorphic, enabling very high statistical association between a single source DNA profile from a crime scene and a matching suspect. STR typing of low order mixtures with two and three contributors also commonly produces high statistical association for a contributor, using current interpretation software. However higher order mixtures, with four contributors or more, are more challenging...
May 2, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775410/apelin-and-apj-orchestrate-complex-tissue-specific-control-of-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-and-contractility-in-the-hypertrophy-heart-failure-transition
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Victoria Nicole Parikh, Jing Liu, Ching Shang, Christopher Woods, Alex Chia Yu Chang, Mingming Zhao, David N Charo, Zachary Grunwald, Yong Huang, Kinya Seo, Philip S Tsao, Daniel Bernstein, Pilar Ruiz-Lozano, Thomas Quertermous, Euan A Ashley
The G protein coupled receptor APJ is a promising therapeutic target for heart failure. Constitutive deletion of APJ in the mouse is protective against the hypertrophy-heart failure transition via elimination of ligand-independent, β-arrestin dependent stretch transduction. However, the cellular origin of this stretch transduction and the details of its interaction with apelin signaling remain unknown. We generated mice with conditional elimination of APJ in the endothelium (APJendo-/- ) and myocardium (APJmyo-/- )...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775326/motion-of-knots-in-dna-stretched-by-elongational-fields
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Alexander R Klotz, Beatrice W Soh, Patrick S Doyle
Knots in DNA occur in biological systems, serve as a model system for polymer entanglement, and affect the efficacy of modern genomics technologies. We study the motion of complex knots in DNA by stretching molecules with a divergent electric field that provides an elongational force. We demonstrate that the motion of knots is nonisotropic and driven towards the closest end of the molecule. We show for the first time experimentally that knots can go from a mobile to a jammed state by varying an applied strain rate, and that this jamming is reversible...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775281/highly-stretchable-waterproof-fiber-asymmetric-supercapacitors-in-an-integrated-structure
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Kai Guo, Xianfu Wang, Lintong Hu, Tianyou Zhai, Huiqiao Li, Neng Yu
Fiber supercapacitors have attracted tremendous attention as promising power source candidates for next generation of wearable electronics, which are flexible, stretchable, and washable. Although asymmetric fiber supercapacitors with a high energy density have been achieved, their stretchability is no more than 200%, and they still face mechanical instability and unreliable waterproof structure. This work develops a highly integrated structure for waterproof, highly stretchable and asymmetric fiber-shaped supercapacitor, which is assembled by integrating a helix-shaped asymmetric fiber supercapacitor into a bifunctional polymer...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774982/transcatheter-mitral-valve-implantation-in-rigid-mitral-annuloplasty-rings-potential-differences-between-complete-and-incomplete-rings
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Daisuke Hachinohe, Azeem Latib, Matteo Montorfano, Antonio Colombo
Transcatheter mitral valve implantation (TMVI) has been performed in high-risk and inoperable patients for degenerated mitral bioprostheses (TMVIinV) and failed annuloplasty rings (TMVIinR). TMVIinR is more challenging compared to TMVIinV because of the differences in dimensions, shapes, and contours between rings and valves. In this report, we present two clinical cases of TMVIinR that were treated by trans-septal implantation of a balloon-expandable prosthesis. In TMVI cases with an incomplete ring, the ring will be stretched out toward its anterior and commissural side, and the open side of the ring will increase in width...
May 18, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774526/retrotransposable-genetic-elements-causing-neutrophil-defects
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Dirk Roos, Martin de Boer
Retrotransposable elements are stretches of DNA that encode proteins with the inherent ability to insert their own RNA or another RNA by reverse transcriptase as DNA into a new genomic location. In humans, the only autonomous retrotransposable elements are members of the Long INterspersed Element-1 (LINE-1) family. LINE-1s may cause gene inactivation and human disease. We present a brief summary of the published knowledge about LINE-1s in humans and the RNAs that these elements can transpose, and we focus on the effect of LINE-1-mediated retrotransposition on human neutrophil function...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
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